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Ohio Telecommunications Team Responds to Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Members of the Ohio Telecommunications Emergency Response Team (Ohio TERT) were deployed to Lee County, Florida, on Monday to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The team deployed through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist with 911 dispatching responsibilities.

Comprised of professional public safety emergency communications personnel from throughout the state, Ohio TERT is available to provide emergency communications support in response to natural disasters.

“Ohio continues to stand ready to provide assistance to the affected areas in need and are grateful to those who are willing to help,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

Emergency dispatch personnel from Champaign, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Stark, and Summit counties will be deployed for 14 days.

“Through the use of the EMAC, Ohio is able to provide support to our partners affected by Hurricane Ian,” said Sima Merick, Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Executive Director. “Dispatchers in Lee County have been working since pre-landfall of Hurricane Ian. Many are exhausted, experiencing mental stress and have suffered personal and physical losses as a result of this storm.”

Ohio EMA remains involved with the state-to-state EMAC system for requests and provides matching resources as they are available. Other EMAC deployments from Ohio that have responded to Hurricane Ian relief efforts thus far include the OH-Task Force 1 (OH-TF1) and the Butler County Incident Management Team (IMT).

More information on EMAC.